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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
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Date:Friday 12 May 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated Catalina IVB
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: JX273
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vatersay Island, Outer Hebrides (   United Kingdom)
Crash site elevation: 213 m (699 feet) amsl
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Oban-Connel Airport (OBN/EGEO), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Oban-Connel Airport (OBN/EGEO), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The pilot became disorientated during a night training exercise and the plane impacted a hill named Heishavel Beag on Vatersay Island. Three crew members died in the crash.
The deceased are: Flt Sgt David Clyne, Captain; Sgt R. (Fred) Basset, Wireless OP-AG; Sgt Patrick Hine, Rigger, mechanic.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Catalina on Vatersay: a plane wreck with more than one story (501 places)
» Air Crash Sites-Scotland


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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